Palace tells LGUs to follow quarantine guidelines or face charges

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2020 12:43 AM

MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday urged local government units (LGUs) to follow the enhanced community quarantine guidelines set by the national government or face charges.

Speaking to ANC, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo reminded local government executives that the country is under a national emergency and that they should follow what the national government says.

"Sabi ni Presidente, you have to follow the guidelines. You cannot go beyond the guidelines. Hindi puwedeng magkakaniya-kaniya tayo. Otherwise, 'yung mga who'll go against the guidelines will have to face administrative charges and criminal charges," he said.

(The president said you have to follow the guidelines. You cannot go beyond the guidelines. It is not the time to do things your way. Otherwise, those who'll go against the guidelines will have to face administrative charges and criminal charges)

Panelo also said it is the national government "calling the shots" in this situation.

"Kailangan bawat isa ay sumunod kung ano ang national government guidelines. In other words, the national government will be calling the shots because we are in a national emergency," he said.

(Everyone should follow the national government guidelines. In other words, the national government will be calling the shots because we are in a national emergency.)

Duterte placed Luzon under enhanced community quarantine Tuesday to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.

Under the enhanced community quarantine, all forms of travel to and from Luzon were restricted except for those with official business, including transporters of basic goods and necessities, patrol of military and police personnel, commuting medical staff, and delivery of public health and humanitarian services.

Private companies were urged to adopt “work from home” arrangements in the meantime. The operations of all mass public transport facilities are also suspended.

The Philippines, as of Thursday, had 217 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 17 fatalities, while 8 patients have recovered.